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Russian Studies (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #96 (QS) ,
This Russian Studies (Hons) degree at the University of Nottingham allows you to choose from a wide range of optional modules covering Russian literature, history, society, politics, culture and film alongside core language modules.


The Russian Studies (Hons) degree at the University of Nottingham aims to take you to a high level in Russian, enabling you to use the language in your career if you choose to. From year one our classes target your linguistic development over the full range of skills, increasingly targeting applied and employment-related situations as you progress.

Year one 

The first-year core language course develops the four skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. Our core module Nation, Myth, Identity introduces the study of Russia and Eastern Europe through topics in culture, history, language and society and also gives a grounding in essential study skills. You will also choose from other introductory level modules on Russian history or literature, or a module introducing the study of South-East Europe.

Year two

The second year advances your study in Russian in preparation for the year abroad and offers further broad coverage of the literature, history and culture of Russia and Eastern Europe. You can begin or continue Serbian/Croatian.

Year three  

The third academic year is spent abroad in Russia. You can either:

  • study at one of our partner universities or
  • study at a language school.

If you are taking Serbian/Croatian, you will be able to divide your time to cover the countries of both languages.

Options available to you may depend on the details of the Brexit settlement negotiated by the UK government. For more information, see our Year Abroad page and the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies  statement on Brexit and our year abroad provision. 

Year four

In the final year, you will apply your Russian language skills in high-level modules, including those dealing with employment related topics. You will also extend the skills and knowledge acquired earlier in the course in specialised modules on topics in which you have become particularly interested.

 We offer a wide range of options, taught by experts in areas from the Byzantine period to the present day and ranging across literature, history and cultural studies. You can take a specialist module in Russian interpreting, and you also have the option of beginning a new language via a fast-track module in Serbian/Croatian.


You will graduate with in-depth knowledge and understanding of a nation that plays a vital role on the global stage and with high-level linguistic, analytical and presentation skills which will equip you for a range of careers.

Your time in Russia will demonstrate to potential employers your flexibility and ability to adapt to new environments and challenges.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      4 years full-time (year 3 abroad)

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Russian 
  • From Tsarism to Communism: Introduction to Russian History and Culture
  • The Clash of Empires: Introduction to Balkan Cultural Identities 
  • Screening Russia: Film and Society from the Tsars to Putin
  • Repression and Resistance: Dissidents and Exiles in Russian Culture
  • Serbian and Croatian Literature
  • History of Yugoslavia from 1941
  • The World of Orthodox Sainthood
  • Multimedia Russian 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • A level offer: ABB
  • B in Russian for post-A level pathway. No language qualification is required for the intensive beginners’ pathway
  • IB score: 32 with 5 in Russian at Higher Level or 6 at Standard Level (B programme) for the post-IB pathway

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17550 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17550 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nottingham

  • 583 - 980 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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